The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar: Diversity of Reading: Accessing, Reading and Navigating with Assistive Technologies Workshop presented by the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS).
Since 2016, NNELS has provided accessibility audits and workshops for independent Canadian publishers, to assist them in creating EPUB files that work for all users, including readers with and without print disabilities. This workshop will demonstrate different assistive technologies and the broad diversity of reading needs among persons with print disabilities. The objective is to create awareness about accessibility and why it matters, give attendees an opportunity to see first-hand how persons with print disabilities access and read ebooks using assistive technology, and learn about the barriers and challenges they face, which vary widely based on their individual reading needs.
Attendees will need to dedicate time to watch five pre-recorded demonstrations (about 15-20 minutes each) prior to the webinar. A link to these videos will be sent upon registration, and they will serve as the basis for the presentation. A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to Q&A, and attendees will be encouraged to ask the accessibility testers questions about their assistive technology and how they read. We encourage attendees to send their questions in ahead of time, but there will be time for questions during the webinar as well.
This event is free and limited to members of the BPAA. Please register to reserve your spot by 4:30pm MT on Tuesday, May 11.
Presenters include Daniella Levy-Pinto (she/her), Project Coordinator, Leah Brochu (she/her), Accessible Publishing & Resources Coordinator, Melissa Castilloux (she/her), Accessibility Tester, David Kopman (he/him), Accessibility Tester, and Ka Li (he/him), Accessibility and Usability Consultant.